Our Woods

Many of the species you’ll find on our site are some of the most beautiful and some of the rarest woods in the world. We do not carry a long list of exotic or domestic species, as many suppliers do, but we do carry some of the finest and most sought-after woods that others are unable to supply.  

We specialize in supplying rare burls and high-figured tropical woods from Southeast Asia and the Pacific. There is no other place where you will be able to find the largest selection and the highest quality of Amboyna burl, Afzelia burl, Asian Ebonies such as, Mun Ebony and Black & White Ebony, and curly Koa. We also carry a number of other burls and high figured lumber found nowhere else. Our list of woods continues to grow as new shipments arrive so please check our site frequently to see what’s coming. Or, simply click on any of the species below to see what’s in stock now. 

 

 

Amboyna Burl (Pterocarpus Indicus) 

Also known as the “King of burls.” This a rare wood that comes from a tree that is also known as Narra. The heartwood color ranges from from golden yellow, red, burgundy, and with sapwood that produces some of the most striking contrasts.  

It was originally imported from an Indonesian island called Ambon, which its name is also derived from. Supply, however, has dwindled over the years and is currently sourced from Laos, a small country situated between Vietnam, Thailand and Burma.  

Amboyna is a moderately dense wood that is an excellent material in woodturning, furniture, inlay and veneer. It emits a distinctive peppery scent in woodturning projects and finishes beautifully.  

Islewoods has the largest inventory of this species found nowhere else. We stock this in both dimensional blocks or in whole raw burl form. Whether you’re a pen turner looking for a single piece and entire table slab, we have them. Have a look in our products section for a complete list of our inventory.

Afzelia Burl (Afzelia Xylocarpa) 

Also a rare species hailing from Laos is the beautiful Afzelia burl. As with Amboyna burl, this, too, is another popular wood in turnery, furniture, veneer and ornamental material. And just like the Amboyna, it also produces a wonderful scent on turning projects. 

Figure on Afzelia tends to have more unpredictable swirls and larger eyes than the other burls we carry. It’s a moderately dense wood with color range from golden yellow to deep orange. We have a large inventory of this specie in both dimensional or whole burl form.  

 

Afzelia Xylay (Afzelia Xylocarpa) 

Afzelia Xylay is a very rare species found in Laos or Cambodia. The figure of this of this beautiful exotic resembles that of an alligator skin and is often sought after by knife handle and grip makers alike. Unfortunately, this species extremely rare and top grade Afzelia is hard to come by. We have a limited supply of this species in solid form or casted blanks for knife scales or gun grips. It is a medium-density wood, machines easily and will take on a beautiful finish.   

 

Arizona Desert Ironwood (Olneya Tesota) 

Arizona Desert Ironwood is one of the hardest woods we've ever come across. This species grows mainly in Arizona and is also found throughout the Sonora desert in Mexico, which is where our supply is sourced from. This wood is highly figured but please be sure your tools are at its sharpest when working with this material. It's also prone to checks/cracks and can sometimes be challenging to work with. But, you won't be disappointed as this wood produces some of the most beautiful brown/black contrasting colors and gorgeous swirly patterns.One popular usage for the wood is for knife handles, since its hardness, grain, and coloring is ideal. 

Due to its considerable hardness, processing desert ironwood is difficult. Final treatment of the wood with solutions can also be difficult because of its high density. 

 

Avocado (Persea Americana) 

Avocado wood by itself doesn't have much figures. Only when it's spalted does it show its beautiful colors and black lines. This wood is quite similar in figure to spalted Hackberry with occasional colors of blues and greens. This is a softwood that machines easily and takes on a gorgeous oil-finish. It's also a very light wood and is a breeze to stabilize, literally soaking up your resin. 

Much avocado wood is available when groves are thinned out or tall trees are topped. The sapwood is cream-colored or beige; the heartwood is pale red-brown, mottled, and dotted with small drops of gummy red sapmoderately soft but brittlethis wood is utilized for construction, boards and turnery. It has been reported that it is suitable for carving, resembles White Beech (Eucalyptus kirtonii); is easy to work, and dresses and polishes beautifully. 

 

Banksia Pod (Banksia Aemula) 

A unique and versatile wood from Australia, Banksia Pod is one of our most striking casting woods. It produces gorgeous pen blanks, knife scales, grips and game calls when casted with various dyes of blue purple, green and gold. It turns easily but careful attention must be given as it can sometimes "blowout" on a lathe. A lot of sanding may be required but it does turn easily and will take on both water or oil-based finishes well. We mainly produce this species in casted form but sometimes offer whole pods as they become available. 

 

Bimble Box Burl (Eucalyptus populnea) 

Bimble Box or Poplar Box is an endemic tree of Australia. The wood of the Bimble Box is fairly dense and hard. It has a golden honey heartwood, with a hint of creamy tan sapwood near the center. The timber has been found to be durable; however, Bimble Box is a fairly hard wood to turn, even while green, but has a quite attractive color and figure to most of it. It sands well, being short-grained, and takes a high polish. 

 

Black & White Ebony (Diospyros embryopteris) 

A unique ebony from Laos, black and white ebony is an ideal wood for turning or carving projects. As its name suggest, it produces variated colors of white and black streaks for a wonderful contrast. When working with this wood, however, be sure they are mostly dry as checks, cracks and bowing can occur when moisture content is high. Our stock of this species has been air-dried for over 8 years and is fully dried. It will turn easily and works well with both water and oil-based finishes. 

We have only the best to speak of regarding this specie. Its rare and has one of the most unique figures among the ebony family. Black veins running throughout white wood produces some of the most striking contrasts seen in any exotic wood. This is a great material for many woodworking projects, including knife scales, game calls, jewelry boxes and even instruments.

 

Black Ash Burl (Fraxinus nigra) 

Black ash burl is a popular wood with pen turners, knife/gun handles and game call builders. The figure of this species is exceptional with clusters of tiny eyes that make it especially appealing for small turning projects. It is also an ideal, and one of the easiest wood, to stabilize as it soaks up dyes easily. This wood is simply gorgeous, turns and machine well and will take on an incredible finish. 

Ash is a beautiful light to medium brown hardwood that has a medium texture similar to oak. Typically, its grain is straight, though moderately curly is sometimes seen. It produces good results with hand or machine tools. It also can be glued, stained and finished with good results. 

Ash is known to have a moderately unpleasant smell when being worked, and can even cause skin irritation for some individuals, so care should be used. It dries fairly easily with minimal degradation, and there is little movement in performance. 

 

Black Palm (Borassus flabellifer) 

Native to Central and South America, Black Palm, in general, is not a common plant. The wood is the significantly thick toward the outside and gradually becomes softer, towards the core. Quite difficult to work with but with the use of very sharp tools and precise cutting angles, it will give clean results. The grain is very straight and contains no growth rings, knots, or defects, and resistant to decay, which makes it perfect for knife handles and other grips, house and office effects and turned projects. 

Black Palm has a medium texture, but it is not uniform. The woody material comes from the outer layer of the tree, rendering the pieces usually rather small. It's prone to splintering when working with the material, so use caution. Color ranges from black and cream or white, typically in a unique interlocked pattern that's visually reminiscent to television static. 

 

Box Elder Burl (Acer negundo) 

Box Elder is part of the maple family and is a native North American species. This wood is mainly pale white in color with frequent streaks or stains of red and pink caused by fungus. This is an exceptional turning wood as it often produces beautiful eyes and swirls. It's a great stabilizing material, especially when dyes are added, turns easily and always producing a beautiful finish. This is another favorite among pen turners, knife/gun handle makers as well as game call and instrument builders.  

 

Brown Mallee Burl (Eucalyptus dumosa) 

Brown Mallee belongs to the large Eucalyptus family. This wood is one of the most stable among the 80+ Eucalyptus species available today. The figure is exceptional producing an abundant number of eyes and swirls. It is a rather dense wood, but it turns exceptionally well and is an ideal material for a range of turning or carving projects. We carry this species in both dimensional turning blanks or live edge burl caps. 

A unique Australian burl with incredible color and stunning burl figure. Colors of this species range from light to rich golden brown with white sapwood for an amazing contrast. This wood very dense but is quite easy on your turning or carving tools and will take on a gorgeous oil finish. Our blanks have air dried for 3 years and they are stable to be used for all applications. This stunning wood is perfect in creating some of the best-looking pens, knife/gun grips or call-making. Get yours today for the best selections 

 

Buckeye Burl (Aesculus octandra) 

Buckeye burl is mainly found in California and is by far our most popular species. It is a great material for both casting and stabilizing, producing a range of beautiful colors and figure. Popular among wood turners, the colors of Buckeye  

range from pale white to grays, blacks and frequent stains of blues, greens and reddish pink. Voids and inclusions, however, is notoriously common in Buckeye, thus making it difficult in milling dimensional blanks. Be prepared to spend some time in filling these voids with CA glue, mineral or other wood fillers. Although voids and inclusions are common, we at Islewoods specialize in filling them by way of casting. We cast Buckeye in various sizes from pen blanks, knife scales or turning spindles with spectacular results. Check out our range of Buckeye products and you'll see for yourself the possibilities of this versatile wood. 

A versatile and a favorite species among many woodworkers and turners, this species comes in a range of fascinating colors; from hues of blue, black, gray, white and a little bit of everything else in between. This wood is known to come with a fair number of voids and inclusions, which can sometimes be a challenge to work with. And for those of you looking for a solid blank for a particular project, our blanks have been filled with resin for added strength and durability, not to mention a gorgeous wood with an incredible array of vivid colors and one of a kind figure. They have been selected for their unique color, burl figure and milled to produce some of the best-looking burl there is. 

 

Burmese Rosewood (Dalbergia oliveri) 

Burmese Rosewood is an extremely rare species found in Burma, Laos and Cambodia. This species is now under CITES protection and is very difficult to import from these countries. As with many in the rosewood family, this wood is very dense, requiring sharp tools as it can easily blunt them. We have a very limited supply of this species and is available mainly as cutoffs or casted material. It's not difficult to machine, turns easily and always takes on a beautiful finish, both from water or oil-based finishes. 

a southeast Asian tree and its wood, valuable for its red lumber used in ornamental work including woodturning and furniture. The sapwood is yellowish-white with dark brown heartwood. The heartwood is very hard and heavy. Generally easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though it can blunt cutting edges rapidly. Care should be taken in gluing and finishing, due to natural oils in the wood that can disrupt the drying process. Turns and polishes well. 

 

Camphor Burl (Cinnamomum camphora) 

Camphor Burl is found throughout most of SE Asia (Laos, Cambodia) and Indonesia. It is a highly figured exotic wood that is very stable, easy to turn and takes on an amazing sheen from both water and oil-based finishes. The color of this species ranges from Light/dark browns to vibrant shades of light/dark reds and orange. This is a fantastic turning wood but is difficult to stabilize due to its high oil content. This wood is popular for box-making, guitar builds or a wide range of turning projects. 

 

Cheesewood Burl (Nauclea Orientalis) 

The wood is easily cut (hence the common name of "cheesewood"). It is native to Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and Australia. It is loaded with the tiniest, literally just dots, of eyes throughout. This is a softwood that machines easily and is an ideal wood for one-of-a-kind pens, knife handles, calls and small turning projects. Cheesewood has been described as the whitest Tasmanian wood although it does vary from cream to white. It is very hard and has been found to be excellent for kitchen utensils.

 

Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) 

Cocobolo is a beautiful rosewood from Mexico and Central America. This would is a common choice for fine furniture, cabinetry, acoustic instruments and wood turning in general. It has beautiful figure and a wide range of earthly colors ranging from vibrant red, violet to dark brown. It is a dense wood so extra attention must given to the sharpness of your tools. It turns well and will take on a superb finish from both water or oil-based finishes. Rosewood is under the protection of CITES and we are not able to export this species outside of the US.

 

Cook Pine (Araucaria columnaris) 

The Cook Pine is endemic to New Caledonia, east of Australia. It is often confused with the Norfolk Island Pine due to their similar appearances. This species is strong but light in weight. Although most commonly used as an ornamental plant, Cook Pine can also be utilized for turned objects, and small specialty wood items. 

 

Coolibah Burl (Eucalyptus coolabah) 

Coolibah Burl is one of the more popular burls from the Eucalyptus family. This Australian species is fast-drying, and one of the most colorful and high figured burls from the Eucalyptus family. The color of this wood ranges from pale cream to light/dark reddish pink/red. This exotic wood is a popular turning material both in dimensional turning blanks or as a live edge burl cap for a spectacular bowls or platters. A fantastic burl loaded with eyes and swirls. One of our favorite burls to work with at the shop, this wood is dense, but it turns easily and will take on an incredibly rich finish. We have a limited stock of some of these highly figured burls so get yours today for the best selections. 

 

Cottonwood Burl (Populus deltoides) 

Cottonwood burl is a unique softwood with beautiful color and figure. Its color ranges from light tan to a distinct light shade of gold with occasional specks of red and brown. Workability of this species is quite like working with soft Maple. It's easy to turn but small voids/inclusions are common, which will require filling with epoxy or dust. 

Cottonwood has been used for many things through the years including; shelving, framing, paneling, sub floors, crates, fruit boxes, pallets, lowboy decks, saddles, children’s toys, and caskets. The higher quality cottonwood has been used in turning. You can surf the web at any time and find fine art and bowls that have been created from cottonwood burl, and burl cluster. Cottonwood is frequently stained to mimic other woods including Cherry and Walnut. It is a lightweight, relatively soft, but strong wood. It holds ink for labels well and adapts well to painted or stenciled projects. And, with qualities similar to basswood, cottonwood fulfills carvers’ needs. 

 

Gidgee (Acacia cambagei) 

Gidgee is a hardwood commonly found in arid regions of Australia. This tree produces one of the hardest and durable timbers which is highly sought after by knife makers. Gidgee is also known for its dark reddish-brown heartwood. Some pieces are dark enough to be used as an ebony substitute which is perfect for a variety of uses such as guitar fret boards and woodturning. Workability is generally tough because this species is very heavy and very strong. While valued for fence posts and firewood, Gidgee is better known for its pungent aroma (particularly when in flower) than for the beauty of its timber. Gidgee wood is very dense, chocolate brown in color and, when figured or ringed, highly lustrous.  

 

Gmelia Burl  

Gmelia burl is a highly figured and an extremely rare wood from Southeast Asia. This wood is best when it's spalted as it produces a beautiful range of colors from blues, greens and occasional grays (like buckeye). If normally has fine tiny eyes and is a soft wood that makes turning and stabilizing a breeze. Supply of this wood is limited and is often reserved for small turning or hybrid blanks. 

 

Grey Box Burl (Eucalyptus moluccana) 

Grey box belongs to the Eucalyptus family and is a highly figured exotic wood from Australia. Like Coolibah, Grey Box comes in various colors, ranging from light to dark brown, red and occasionally (rare) black streaks. This wood turns easily but surface checks can be common and may require some filling with epoxy or dust. We mill Grey Box for many of the turning applications, from pens, salt/pepper mills, bowl blanks as well as live edge burl caps. 

Grey Box Burls are harvested in southeastern Australia from medium sized trees in the Eucalyptus family. Lumber is heavy, dense, and rot resistant - used for outdoor projects such as fence posts and bridge parts. Grey Box Burls are prized for their unique figure and color. 

 

Himalayan Golden Teak Burl (Gmelina arborea) 

Himalayan Golden Teak occurs naturally from the lower Himalayas in Pakistan through India, Burma, and Sri Lanka to southern China. High wood density at the base, and decreasing for some distance up the stem, then increasing towards the top. The wood seasons well without degrading, but it is slow to dry both in the open and in a kiln. Where it is naturally growing, it is highly esteemed as a general-purpose wood because of its dimensional stability. Its timber is fairly strong for its weight. Once seasoned, it is a very steady timber and quite resistant to decay. 

 

Hopea Burl (Hopea odorata) 

Hopea burl is a very dense hardwood. It turns easily but surface checks are common and will require some filling with epoxy, mineral or dust. A common color of Hopea is light tan with occasional green, black and gray from spalted Hopea. This wood is highly figured and is one of our favorite casting materials due to the voids and inclusions often associated with this species. This wood turns well but it is incredibly dense and heavy, so be sure your tools are at its sharpest. It has a gorgeous burl figure and with colors ranging from, shades of light tan,light brown with occasional dark browns. This wood is easy to work with and will take on a beautiful luster 

 

Ironwood Burl (Xylia kerrii) 

Our Ironwood burl comes from Laos. This wood is dense, oily, but is very stable and turns exceptionally well and loves an oil-based finish to bring out its amazing color and figure. The color of this wood is predominantly light/dark brown to reddish orange. We mill this wood mainly for pen blanks, game calls and is a favorite among knife handle or gun handle builders.  

A gorgeous burl from Southeast Asia. This blank is incredibly dense and takes on an amazing oil finish. Be sure your tools are at its sharpest when turning this blank as it is really tough and can sometimes blunt your tools. You won't with its rich and highly lustrous figure. Asian Ironwood is an extremely rare exotic wood so get yours today for the best selection. We have just a small amount available of this beautiful species. 

 

Java Plum (Syzygium cumini) 

Java Plum is native to the Indian Subcontinent. Although relatively hard to work on, this tree is generally desired by tool makers because the wood is water and termite resistant. This species is also used for making musical instruments especially guitars. Java Plum ranges between red and brownish-gray, with a closed, straight grain. When kiln-dried, the heartwood is hard and difficult to work with, but polishes well. The wood is water resistant and very hard, so used for building railway cars, beams, bridges, posts, and sometimes furniture. 

 

Juniper (Juniperus deppeana) 

Juniper, a thick bushy tree with disheveled appearance, grows in the arid Western United states. The heartwood is reddish brown, but the sapwood is white. They are often intermixed giving a special appearance characteristic. Large knots are pervasive and hollows in larger logs render them useless for lumber. Lumber has a pungent odor when milling (like other cedars). Juniper wood is slightly denser than ponderosa pine. The wood is also quite hard for a softwood. The wood is easy to dry. To maintain the aroma, drying temperatures should not exceed 85 F. Like other cedars, this wood is very stable when the humidity changes in use. 

This remarkable wood promises incredible durability in outdoor settings, as well as an organic, natural, and rich wabi-sabi aesthetic for pieces both indoors and out. One of juniper's unique attributes is the elasticity of the wood. There is a great deal more tension present in the cut lumber than in other common softwoods. It is not uncommon for juniper, especially smaller or thinner dimensions, to bend or warp slightly, even after careful kiln-drying. 

 

Kamani (Calophyllum inophyllum) 

Kamani is a Hawaiian name but this plant is commonly called Alexandrian Laurel. It is native from East Africa, southern coastal India to Malesia and Australia. It's difficult to gauge its hardness with respect to other wood species, but it's variously described as strong, durable and medium hard. This tree is traditionally used canoes, but also highly sought-after by wood workers for home construction, decorative crafts and containers.  

Kamani is not indigenous to Hawaii but it is a prized wood turning material as well fine cabinetry and instruments. This wood is slightly softer than Mahogany with workability about equal. This wood machines well, turns easily and takes on a beautiful polish. Colors of Kamani range from light pink to reddish/brown. 

 

Koa (Acacia Koa) 

Koa is no doubt a beautiful and a highly-prized exotic wood. It's stunning curl and chatoyance makes it a sough after material for both wood turners and instrument builders. Koa is common in Hawaii, but top-grade curly Koa is extremely difficult to obtain. We specialize in obtaining premium, collector-grade Koa and we have some of the best stabilized Knife scales and Gun Grips you won't find anywhere else. Working with Koa is similar to Mahogany, easy to turn and always finishes beautifully. 

 

Lacewood (Panopsis spp.) 

This species gets its name from the lace-like pattern of its grain. Light tan in color, with some light pink, Lacewood is a softwood that is very easy to work with. Blanks from this species is best when it's quartersawn as it produces beautiful lace-like patterns or crosscut which produces stunning rays. 

Lacewood is a striking wood, with a "basket weave" or "fish scale" rayed appearance of the figure. It is only of medium density and light hardness. It's tan to shell pink and light brown, very open grained, so sealing is necessary, but it makes a fine knife handle. Long term, the grain raises somewhat, and that helps to increase the tactile feel and grip on a knife handle. 

 

Lychee (Litchi chinensis) 

Lychee is a fruit tree found in Hawaii and in many parts of SE Asia. Unless this wood is mostly dry, it can be unstable resulting in surface checks, cracks or bowing. Our supply of Lychee comes from logs that have cured for at least 3 years before being milled into slabs and left to air-dry. They're stable at this point and can be milled into various turning blanks. Lychee is a dense wood and workability can be challenging so make sure your tools are at their sharpest. This wood is easy to turn and produces a fine sheen with both water and oil-based finish or lacquer. 

Litchi Chinensis is a subtropical evergreen tree that produces lychee fruits which are edible. The wood is incredibly dense allowing it to take an incredible natural polish. Figured or color patterns are common adding to the beauty of the wood. Drying should be left to the sawmills as it will check and twist during the process if utmost care is not used. originally from China it is propagated in many areas Worldwide for its fruit. 

 

Macadamia Nut (Litchi chinensis) 

Macadamia Nut is local to Australia (also cultivated in Hawaii and other tropical areas). It is similar in appearance to lacewood & leopardwood. This hardwood can be difficult to work with machine tool, causing tearout during planing. It has also been noted that this wood is notoriously difficult to dry and can cause checks on turned projects. But the lacewood-like timber that the tree yields is highly decorative, and perfectly suited for small, boutique material for objects.  

Like most other nut woods, Macadamia Nut trees are prized much more for their production of nuts than for their lumber. Supplies are likely to be limited, with prices high for an imported wood. However, the lacewood-like timber that the tree yields is highly decorative, and perfectly suited for smaller specialty projects. 

 

Macassar Ebony (Diospyros celebica)

This tree is local to the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Macassar Ebony wood has a dramatic striped appearance and is highly valuable for turnery, fine cabinet work, and joinery. The wood, while very hard, dense and heavy, can be extremely brittle at its heart. The lumber is prone to checking so experts recommend that it be dried slowly and carefully. 

This is a colorful ebony, sometimes streaked with yellow or yellow-brown to golden lines. Like other ebonies, it's hard, resinous, self-sealing and waxy with a fine grain. It makes a stunning, rich knife handle. It takes a very bright polish and is very durable and long lasting. Also used in musical instruments for its good tonal properties, and carvings, sculpture, furniture, inlays, and pool cues. 

 

Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) 

Mahogany is a commercially important lumber prized for its beauty, durability, and color. The leading importer of mahogany is the United States where it originated. Mahogany has a straight, fine, and even grain, and is relatively free of voids and pockets. Its reddish-brown color darkens over time and displays a reddish sheen when polished. It has excellent workability, and is very durable.Top notch guitar manufacturers include mahogany in their products. 

Mahogany is known for its cooperative nature and easy sanding and machining, with a balance of density that's just hard enough but not too hard. When the grain is straight and consistent, there’s not much that can go wrong. 

As much as it’s known for its workability, mahogany is equally known for its superb dimensional stability. Flat pieces will remain flat. Joints and glue-ups will remain intact. In the midst of seasonal changes in humidity, mahogany exhibits minimal shrinkage and swelling. 

 

Malaysian Blackwood (Diospyros ebonasea) 

Malaysian Blackwood is a rare ebony species that comes from Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia. This is a highly dense hardwood with beautiful figure that is ideal for both wood turning applications and as a tonewood for acoustic guitars. The figure of this wood is predominantly dark in color ranging from intermittent streaks of black, green, and brown. This wood makes a great choice for knife handles, gun grips, game calls, pool cues or as the backs and sides of an acoustic guitar. 

 

Mango (Mangifera indica) 

Mango wood is typically pale white or light brown in color. It is best when it's spalted as it will display a kaleidoscope of beautiful colors ranging from yellow, green, pink, blue and black. This wood is medium in density and quite like working with Maple. It is an excellent wood turning material that is easy to work with and polishes nicely. We focus on milling curly mango lumber as well as highly figured marbled mango burl. 

 

Maple (Acer macrophyllum) 

Maple Burl is one of our top-selling figured woods, valued by woodworkers across the world for its versatility, unique beauty, and the pleasure it brings to work with it. Its high-figure appeals to turners, sculptors, and furniture makers alike. 

 

Milo (Thespesia populnea) 

Milo is a small tree that has a pantropical distribution, found on coasts around the world. Milo is prized in Hawaii for woodworking (commonly turned into bowls) because of the range of colours expressed (tan, through yellow, to red). Its wood has a nice spicy fragrance only when fresh, disappearing when carved into finished wood products. The dark heartwood is moderately heavy, durable, and easy to work with. The wood has low shrinkage rate when drying and has been fashioned into beautiful items such as carvings, and platters.

 

Monkey Pod (Samanea saman) 

Stately and iconic, the Monkeypod is one of the most cherished trees of Hawaii, but it is a native to South and Central America. Monkeypod is called by many different names in many different cultures, and its lumber is likewise used for a number of different purposes depending on the locale, ranging from utility wood and construction purposes to fine furniture. Generally, Monkeypod wood is easy to work with both hand and machine tools. It has a mix of straight and swirly grain, giving an interesting appearance when finished. The grain is open and might require filling prior to finishing. 

Monkey Pod, also known as Parota, is an exotic hardwood with explosive popularity. One of the largest and oldest of these trees is a national treasure in Venezuela. 

Monkey Pod is a forgiving wood that many woodworkers use to craft amazing pieces of furniture. It has a mix of straight and swirly grain, giving an interesting appearance when finished. The grain is open and might require filling prior to finishing.  

 

Nargusta Burl (Terminalia amazonia) 

Originated from the tropical forests of Central and South America. This is a smooth, even grained and textured wood, of fairly hard and dense. The color is red-brown, with straight figure and darker brown growth lines. It has high impact strength, polishes well, and is very durable. Nargusta is used extensively for flooring, decks, utility poles, tool handles, furniture, turnery, structural timber, and veneers. 

 

Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) 

Norfolk Island Pine is not actually a true pine. However, it is excellent for woodturning. In certain applications this staining is considered decorative, particularly when the wood also features contrasting reddish knots. 

 

Pheasantwood (Senna siamea) 

Pheasantwood, also known as Thailand cassia, is a rare species of hardwood. This tree is native to South/Southeast Asia but widely planted throughout the tropicsThe flat or slab sawn face shows the most finely defined patterns with contrasting golden and black streaks. Pheasant wood is a very close color and grain match to Desert Ironwood. Produces moderately good results with hand and machine tools, though Pheasantwood has a high cutting resistance, and also produces a pronounced blunting effect on cutter. 

 

Philippine Ebony (Diospyros blancoi) 

Philippine Ebony is very dense and heavy wood. It's stable but surface checks and cracks can be common and may require some filling with epoxy or dust. This wood can easily blunt your handtools so be sure they are at its sharpest working with them. 

 

Plumeria (Apocynaceae spp.) 

Plumeria is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family. Common names for plants in the genus vary widely according to region, variety, and whim, but Frangipani or variations on that theme are the most common. Plumeria species have a milky latex that, like many other Apocynaceae contains poisonous compounds that irritate the eyes and skin. 

Plumerias are native to South & Central America although some reports claim they are native to the Caribbean. More famous for its charming and very aromatic flowers, the wood of Plumeria is actually an amazing option for unique piece of furniture. It is a very strong and stable wood with a grayish color and using the natural twisted shape of the trunk, very original stools and tables can be made. 

 

Pollyanna Burl 

Polllyanna Burl is originally from Southeast Asia. It bears edible mango-like fruits and are especially valued for their fat- and protein-rich nuts. The wood is dark yellow to light/dark brown (beautiful goldish-brown color) and is somewhat like chestnut wood but is heavier than chestnut wood. It is quite hard and therefore usually used for heavy construction work such as making ship decks or railway ties. It is also an excellent wood for carving and turning. 

 

Red Mallee Burl (Eucalyptus oleosa) 

Mallees are prolific producers of burl growths which can be harvest without cutting down the tree. Which is why you normally see Australian Burls in cap form. This native Australian timber. Red Mallee burl is an incredible species with vivid color and figure. It has a distinctive mix of pink, red, and violet heartwood with contrasting white sapwood. The wood is dense and easily yields a smooth, durable finish with light sanding. Burl eyes may develop incursions but are generally very small which can be filled with minerals like Turquoise or other fine choices. 

One of our favorite burls from Australia, this species is highly figured and some of the most amazing color and burl figure. This native Australian exotic has colors ranging from pink, red and a mix of contrasting sapwood. Red Mallee is a dense wood that turns easily and produces a very lustrous finish. As with most burls, however, this wood can sometimes come with some surface checks and cracks, which can be filled with resin or minerals. This wood is quite versatile when it comes to the right color and figure you're looking for. 

 

Red Morrell Burl (Eucalyptus longicornis) 

Red Morrel is one woodworker’s favorite and is very rare. Grown in Australia, this wood is deeper, darker red than Red Mallee. It also exhibits depth in the burl, as well as quilting. Red morrel has been rated as poor for machinability, average for turning, stability, sanding and finishing, and good for boring, screwholding and gluing. 

 

Red River Gum Burl (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) 

Red River Gum is so named for its brilliant red wood, which can range from a light pink through to almost black, depending on the age and weathering. This Australian native tree cuts quite nicely on the lathe, but somewhat brittle and is often cross-grained, making hand working difficult. The fine grain, deep red color and attractive dark speckling of Red River Gum burls have made them a favorite choice for decorative turnings and sculpture. 

Red River Gum cuts quite nicely on the lathe and in this respect its hardness is a plus since softer woods tend to not work well with lathe procedures. It presented no problems with gluing operations involving cyanoacrylate. It sanded nicely and achieved a nice smooth finish, albeit with pores still visible but not discernible to the touch. My specimens smelled vaguely of vinegar when being turned and sanded. 

 

Redwood Burl (Sequoia sempervirens) 

Redwood is native to coastal California and the southwestern corner of Oregon within the United States. Curly figure or Redwood burl (sometimes referred to as “lace” or by the name Vavona) are occasionally seen. Most redwood you will find is lightweight, similar to most softwoods. Although light and straight-grained, redwood has excellent structural strength and generally machines quite well. 

Some of the largest trees in the world, this beautiful species is highly figured and is sought after by woodworkers around the world. This burl is light density, produces some of the finest eyes and is very stable, making it a pleasure to work with. Our stock comes from old growth (over 80 years old) trees in Northern California and select only the finest grades for our customers.  

 

Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum) 

Sapele is native to tropical Africa and a commercially important hardwood reminiscent of mahogany. This species has beautiful, lustrous iridescence with colors that range from light pink to brown and gold to red. On quartered surfaces the wood presents a well-defined ribbon striped figure. The grain is interlocked or wavy and the texture is fine. The lumber has a cedar like aromatic odor when cut. Sapele can be troublesome to work in some machining operations, resulting in tearout due to its interlocked grain. It will also react when put into direct contact with iron, becoming discolored and stained. 

 

Satinwood Burl (Lagerstroemia spp.) 

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellowwood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood of an evergreen. 

 

Snakewood (Brosimum guianense) 

Snakewood is an exotic wood that comes from a small, relatively rare tree found in the forests of Central and South America. Snakewood is so called for its characteristic snakeskin patterns and has been reported to be very durable. Wood is typically a reddish brown, with contrasting darker brown or black patches. This dense hardwood tends to be quite brittle and can splinter easily while being worked. It's also hard to cut and drill. The bright side is that snakewood turns well and polishes beautifully. 

 

Sycamore Burl (Platanus occidentalis) 

Sycamore is a native hardwood tree in eastern and central United States. Sycamore is a fine, pale brown, even-textured wood that is usually straight-grained. The grain close up has an interesting scale-like pattern and when quarter-sawn produces a beautiful ribbon pattern. Overall, Sycamore works easily with both hand and machine tools, but responds poorly to steam bending. 

Sycamore works easily with both hand and machine tools, though the interlocked grain can be troublesome in surfacing and machining operations at times. Sycamore turns, glues, and finishes well. Sycamore has a fine and even texture that is very similar to maple. The grain is interlocked. Sycamore is classified as moderate in weight, hardness, stiffness and shock resistance. The wood dries fairly rapidly with a tendency to warp. It has moderate shrinkage and little movement in performance. 

 

Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) 

Spalted Tamarind is native to tropical Africa. This tree yields excellent wood known for its dramatic and unpredictable figuring and black-line spalting. The colors include tan, rose and light yellow accented by the darker brown and black spalting lines. Tamarind is generally considered difficult to work. The heartwood also has a pronounced blunting effect on cutting edges but is able to take a high natural polish 

 

Teak (Tectona grandis) 

Teak are hardwood trees that grow in the south of Asia, usually in monsoon rainforests, including India, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia. Teak Burl has dark golden-yellow heartwood which will turn brown to dark brown with age. The burl has a distinct oily feel and is characteristically scented. It turn very easily but because of the oil it loads up sand paper like crazy. The saw dust will actually bond to the wood like wax when sanding on the lathe. 

 

Thailand Rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) 

Also called Siamese Rosewood, this tree yields valuable hardwood found in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Siamese rosewood is denser than water, fine grained, and high in oils and resins. These properties make them dimensional stable, hard wearing, rot and insect resistant, and when new, highly fragrant. Despite its density and toughness, workability is fairly good. Although increasingly scarce due to recent CITES restrictions, turning blanks and burls are occasionally available. 

 

Walnut - Black (Juglans nigra) 

Walnut burl is a classic beauty. It is used on everything from fine furniture to automobiles. No two pieces of walnut burl will be alike, even though they may be the same species, the pieces can vary greatly in appearance. Walnut burl is most often used for pieces that will show off the remarkable grain and patterns. 

Walnut wood colour ranges from creamy white in the sapwood to a dark chocolate in the heartwood. When kiln-dried, walnut wood tends toward a dull brown colour, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Walnut burls (or "burrs" in Europe) are commonly used to create bowls and other turned pieces. Veneer sliced from walnut burl is one of the most valuable and highly prized by cabinet makers and prestige car manufacturers. 

 

Yellow Box Burl (Eucalyptus melliodora) 

Yellow Box Burl is prized for their unique figure and color. It is harvested in southeastern Australia from medium to tall trees in the Eucalyptus family. The heartwood ranges from light pink to golden brown. Due to the density of Yellow Box it sands and polishes to a superb finish, often produces an attractive fiddleback figure. Slow to dry but not much degrade. It is generally available in burl caps, sawn burl blocks, and small pieces of figured timber.

Yellow Box Burls are harvested in southeastern Australia from medium to tall trees in the Eucalyptus family. Lumber is harvested and used for outdoor projects such as fence posts and bridge parts. It is brown in color and very heavy, dense, and rot resistant. Yellow Box lumber isn't popular for woodworking, but the burls are prized for their unique figure and color. 

 

Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) 

Rambutan is a Southest Asian wood that is similar in color to goncalo alves. It is perhaps a bit deeper in its orange color with less pronounced dark streaks. Although the tree is seldomly felled, Rambutan wood is moderately hard to very hard, strong and tough. It is easy to work on and finishes well, however, the reddish coloured timber tends to split unless carefully dried. 

 

Vitex Burl (Vitex agnus-castus) 

Vitex is a major commercial species of the Solomon Islands. Vitex produces a beautiful olive-grey wood with an attractive banded or striped pattern on quarter-sawn faces. Often referred to as New Guinea teak, having similar properties and uses to that of teak (Tectona grandis). It is held in high esteem throughout the Solomons due its magnificent acoustics and wearing ability. Good working and finishing properties, where there are no grain irregularities. Seasons slowly, but well, with little degrade.